Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fabric Sidewalk Sale! & Project Contest

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Hi Everyone!

I went to a sidewalk sale a week ago and had so much fun! This sidewalk sale was located at our Local Quilt Store, but, the vendors were the customers! They do this every year and it is getting bigger each year.

The first time I went, I purchased to many things that were such great deals! Like a jelly roll for only 5.00! that is unheard of, right? Well, most of the booths were trying to get rid of those things that they had and didn't use...or...making room for new stuff! (have you done that before?)

Here is the stash I brought home!

This photo shows one of the "kits" I purchased. It has the pattern, all of the fabric pieces, including the BACKING! Not only that, see the brown roll on the left? That is the BINDING! You don't see all of this in a kit very often! I scored....! Guess how much??? no.....no....lower.....lower..... Okay, I can see that this is going to be hard....I paid $30.00 for this $132.50 kit!!! woo hoo!


The fabric in the photo, below, was fun! The "previous" owner had her fabric grouped into boxes by price. There was a $5, $4, and a $3 box...These fun VINTAGE prints were in the $3 box!!! Okay, that is NOT all, the checks were bundled together for $3.00! The yellow/white flannel check I threw in, it was only $1.00! The cute vintage Heart print is 4 yards, too! and only 35" wide. who know what "era" that width was in....? I'm guessing the 50's. The checks are also vintage, not sure on the width. And they are about 2 yards each. So, I paid $7.00 for this fabric, worth about  $50.00 or more. Vintage fabric is NOT Cheap! woo hoo!



These fun little prints I got for $1.00 each. They are about 1 yard each! Score!

The prints, below, I got for a steal, each one is about 3 yards! And they only wanted $3.00 per piece. The woman manning the booth was a friend of the owner, who was inside the quilt store...she didn't know how much to charge and just said $3.00 each! Well, I couldn't argue with that...Not sure what the owner would have charged...I didn't stick around! Score!



I consider the fabric, below, to be my biggest score! It was another "kit" and it contained 1 yard each of  the brown and blue prints. On top of that is a 4 yard beige fabric for the backing. or the sashing. The "previous" owner didn't buy it as a "kit," she bought it for a quilt she was going to make, the pattern was a simple rectangle collage and only asked for a FQ of each, but she bought a yard each!!! So, just in this "kit" alone there are 25 yards of fabric! (she wanted $60.00, then she said, I'll take $50.00...I said, "I was going to offer you $45.00"....and she took it!) Did I say SCORE? (later, as I was folding my new stash, I found a receipt in the bag showing what she paid for all of the fabric, and drum roll....please....$162.35!!! Did I already say SCORE?


All in all, I bought 63 yards (YES, 63 yards!) for... 
drum roll please...... $87.00! 
BIG SCORE! 
What shopping stories can you share? I love hearing about deals!

Now, what I should do is tell you when and how I'm going to use these...so, I'll get them done! I'm becoming a fabric store owner (hoarder) in my studio! These are the "stages" I call myself. I typically call myself a "quilter." But, before I can REALLY call myself a quilter, I need to get past these "labels" first.

Right now I call myself a 
  • Hoarder (fabric stash), next I would call myself a
  • Blocker (because I have about 8 to 10 sets of blocks for quilts) next I would call myself a
  • Topper (because I have about 5 to 6 tops ready to be quilted) and finally, I can call myself a
  • QUILTER!
Can any of you relate to the "labels" I've put on myself? What "label" are you? I am in the middle of finishing a top right now, and I'm determined to get it quilted. I'll show you what it looks like when I'm finished...(should I set a date?) Okay, I'll have it finished by Thanksgiving! how's that? (I'll make a note on my sewing machine!) Here's the proof: I'm COMMITTED!


This is my "before" photo, I still have three rows of blocks and sashings to add and then quilt it! 
It needs to be completely finished!
"PROJECT FINISHED" Contest

Who else wants to join the commitment?
Let's do it and "get'er done"!!!

Everyone who finishes a project by the date, (November 28, 2013) will be entered. Send me the pictures of before (with a date) and the after (with a date) and I'll post to my blog! 

This is all you need to do to:
  • Make a comment telling me what your project is.
  • Send me a photo of the project with "date" proof.
  • Send me a finished photo with "date" proof. (before thanksgiving, which means end of day on the 37th, no sewing on Thanksgiving.)
I'll post the before image with your name (Denise C.) in the post, as soon as I get it! Then I'll post a picture of your finished project! This will be fun, and it will help me, knowing I have others who are going to do this with me! Thanks so much! I can't wait to see your projects! 

I want to call myself a QUILTER!

xoxo
Denise

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From Debra N.
I find that I definitely am:



  • Hoarder (fabric stash), next I would call myself a
  • Blocker (because I have about 8 to 10 sets of blocks for quilts) next I would call myself a
  • Topper (because I have about 5 to 6 tops ready to be quilted) and finally, I can call myself a
  • QUILTER!

  • Fabric Horder - Ashamed to say how much (Don't ask my husband, please)
    Blocker - I have several sets of quilt tops, including those that need stitching down appliqué, machine appliquéd, and pieced.
    Topper - I have at least 5 tops to quilt
    Quilter - Today I am quilting a top (Wedding Quilt)


    I have attached several pictures of projects I am committed to finish. Lets see how many I get done.

    1. Wedding quilt - queen size (wedding in 6 days)
    2. Pillow covers (3) to match wedding quilt
    3. Pink child couch quilt for my granddaughter
    4. brown and pink jumper for granddaughter
    5. leaf motif table runner (2 each)
    6. leaf motif place mats  (4 each)  (I did finish the 4 mug rugs already)
    Good Luck to everyone, Debra N.
    Debra N. #1 (DONE-10-27-2013)

    Debra N. #1





    Debra N. #2
    Debra N. #3
    Debra N. #4  
    Debra N. #5
    Debra N. #6
    Okay---Debra! You officially Rock! You are going to put me to shame! Look at the list of things you want to accomplish! I'd better get my quilt done and start on something else! --Denise

    39 comments :

    1. Really envious but I haven't got room for 63 yards of fabric so it's okay I wasn't there as I wouldn't have been able to resist. You certainly did score, what gorgeous stuff - I love the little prints, so useful! Useful or beautiful, it's all good!

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      1. it sounds like a lot, but it only filled one large bag. Actually, I'm not sure where I'm going to put it. I'll have to rearrange my stash a little, I'm sure. But, I think the blues/browns kit I'll keep together.

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      2. I think I'll print out the pictures and tape them onto an artbin 12" container for later.

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      3. I would love to hit a sale like that! I probably would have spent three times that amount as I am a fabric hoarder. I would call myself a hoarder/topper since I have lots of fabric stashed and about 8-to 10 tops to quilt or finish. I have several quilted table runners and stockings to start and finish by Thanksgiving so I do not have before unless I take a picture of the fabric as before.
        Debbie

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    2. Such a fun post Denise. wtg on the great scores.

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      1. Thanks so much! It was so much fun seeing what others wanted to get rid of.

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    3. Wow! Great shopping!!! I am just a wee bit green. LOL Can't wait to follow your progress. That red with the little cherries is a.dor.a.ble!!! Have a happy day!

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      1. Yes, it was GREAT shopping! (my husband won't agree!) haha The cherrie print is a Mary Engelbreit print!

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      1. Oh, YEAH! Debra, I was serious! YOU are official committed to finish! Can't wait to see them finished!

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    5. I paid $10 once for a large, black leaf bag filled with someone's scraps. That was the true beginning of my stash. That winter, when my husband was out of town, I sorted, and ironed, and folded and put all those fabrics away in neat little boxes in my closet. In retrospect, I really haven't used much of it, but by now there are some really 'vintage' items in there, lol! Fun, fun!

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      1. WOW Barb, I bet they are beautiful! I love vintage fabric!

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    6. I may not be a Fabric Hoarder, but I am a BIG time paper Hoarder..... I have several projects going at once and can pass up a deal.....

      Aloha
      Reilee C
      By Reilee Corley

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      1. I was beginning to hoard paper, cause it looks like it could be fabric! But, I've given a lot of it away, now. (And I don't even scrapbook!) haha

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    7. You go girl; I have had this urge to buy fabric as well! Having surgery on one of the feet next month, so deemed it necessary to have work to keep me busy! Oh dear, the complete kits to do in the storage sewing room have vanished from my memory! The new kits and new fabric
      are small quilts-to-be or go with vintage fabric I have been storing?! Well quilters, you get it, right! Mary B

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      1. Thanks Mary, I need to get going on sewing/quilting up these "scores" I bought and have in my UFO piles!

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    8. Joanne Vaillancourt

      Such a fun post Denise. Wtg on the great scores.

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      1. Now, to make them up into something! I think I'll make a pillow case for our 2.5 yr old grand daughter for Christmas. I will probably make something else for another child, too.

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    9. Christina Northern

      This is a GREAT story.

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      1. Thank you Christina, I can't and I mean I CAN'T pass up a good deal like this one! Fabric has become so ridiculously expensive lately. Even JoAnns is selling some of their designer fabrics at 14.99 a yard! YIKES!

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    10. Deborah Halcomb
      --You scored big. I have several table runners and stockings to start and finish by Thanksgiving. If I get time I'll send a picture of the material as my before.

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      1. Yes, Please do, Deborah...if not a pic..at least comment on how far you are and we'll show the finished pic! Thanks for joining in!

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    11. Really like this post! Now I know I'm not alone. I have a list that is finally dwindling. Are labels really necessary?

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      1. Hi Vicki, so glad to hear you are finishing up projects! I know the labels are for me...I'm not calling others those names. If you can think of a different name for hoarder that ends with an "r" I'll use it...! thanks for your comment!

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    12. I have so many to quilt and am aiming to get them done for Christmas. A Windmill for son's girlfriend, a repair/remake of a childhood jean quilt for oldest son, a wall quilt for my daughter-in-law, a full quilt for hubby, and to put together a reversible for youngest daughter, though I don't think I will get this one done. PHEW!
      By Joanne Vaillancourt

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      1. I would love to see pictures to post on the blog of what you are working on, Joanne!

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    13. Wow, I love all of the different patterns of the fabric you were able to pick up. Can't wait to see the finished product!
      By Acclaim Bead & Gem Expo

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      1. Thank you, I would love to be able to use it up and say, "I got that on a stealin' deal."

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    14. Wish I could find a sale like that. You certainly bought beautiful fabrics. I am definitely a hoarder, but also a topper. The first thing I should do is gather my UFO's because I keep coming across another one I have forgotten about. Then I will take a picture of the quilt I am presently working on and send it to you. It is a king-size quilt for my oldest son who has just moved into a new apartment. I will send you a picture of it asap to help you get motivated and of course, for my own motivation.

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      1. Thank you Susan. There were so many beautiful things, I was pretty strict with myself. My daughter was with me and she also found some great things. Look forward to seeing your pics for the contest. and thanks for the motivation.

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    15. How very wonderful for you, I got a really good deal of buying bulk fabric on Ebay about two years ago. A lady had 10 boxes of fabrics she had bought at an estate sale, each guaranteed to have at least 30 yards in it. I bid on 7 of the boxes which all had free shipping on them I was the high bidder on the 7 boxes I bid on at $15.00 per box, I won them. When they arrived it was like Christmas morning. Each box had more like 40-45 yards in it, 90% of it was great fabric for kids clothing and quilting. What I wasn't especially fond of because it was smaller pieces we used to teach sewing in VBS, the kids each had enough to make 2 pillowcases, one to keep and one to give to the homeless shelter. It was a great deal and I'm still making things with it.
      By Linda Pardee (Biggs)

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      1. Wow, that sounds awesome, hope you get to sew it all up!

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    16. I have a TON I need to get done before Christmas.....What a great idea to try to get it all done by Thanksgiving instead so I'm not rushing around in December!
      I have no pictures yet...
      I have one Christmas table runner that I have only cut out 2 strips for so far,
      I have 2 blankets to finish....one will be just bag sewn and yarn tied, the other needs the binding put on it.
      I have 6 pillow cases to make for my 6 grandkids.
      I have one quilt to cut, piece, and quilt for one of my grandkids.
      I have 2 long dresses to make for a 2 and 3 year old grand daughters.
      and 2 baby toys for the 2 baby grandkids! (with ribbons on the outside, and rattling on the inside!

      And not only do I have to do all of these sewing things....I also have crocheting to finish, 100 ornaments to make for a church project, and about 25 ornaments for family and friends (I make a new ornament every year for family and close friends)

      Wow....after writing it all out....I had better get off of this computer and get busy!!!! ACK!!!
      PamV

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      1. Please send me pics, Pam! I would love to have more doing the contest! There will be a prize. I'm going to sew on my quilt, today, if I don't finish, that would be bad!! I need to start on other things.

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    17. I have a quilt all ready to quilt that I would like to have done by Thanksgiving. I don't know how to post pics here, but I can post them to your FB page if you want it there. Let me know.

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      1. Send them to my email address, please. Denise @ deniseclason.com

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    18. Well, I might be a bit jealous of that purchase. Definitely, an AWESOME buy and I love, love, love the choices she made towards 'the kit'. Why in the world she bought a yard of each when she only needed a FQ, we'll never know. Anyway, I would list myself as a fabric hoarder, topper and quilter but most of all, a 'dreamer' because I have TONS of ideas in my head and a wish list as tall as I am of things I want to make but not enough time in a day, after day, after day - if you know what I mean.

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    Thank you for your comments! I really enjoy what you have to say!